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1 minute ago, ScottR said:

Holy crap! 

They say shit happens in threes. Maybe it's over now. And maybe you just had three near misses.

SR

I know I hope it is over and not the missses. :)

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When you get older, shit happening in threes is probably not the best of things to be happening. Especially without warning.

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53 minutes ago, Prostheta said:

When you get older, shit happening in threes is probably not the best of things to be happening. Especially without warning.

LOL!!!!

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On the other hand, when you get older there are days that three shits in a row would sound like a wonderful thing.

Today for instance....

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You can have too much of a good thing. Especially Saturday morning after our Friday evening plate of tortilla chips. My Guacamole is legendary, and you can almost not have enough jalapeños.

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Pfft. Lightweights..

 

I shit every single day. Big smelly ones. Morning and evening.

 

Feel free to be jealous.

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9 hours ago, Prostheta said:

I'm concerned that you want us to be jealous.

At least it is free. Imagine if he charged for it.:blink:

SR

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Like some cross between an Amsterdam window show and a Texan steel worker? I'm sure there's a market for that somewhere. Just not in Holland or Texas. Maybe in a Russian Hotel with the Trumpanzee.

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I don't know any of those.....

I do know quite a few that are curious to see what happens. Politics as usual surely wasn't making anyone happy.

Of course, we may discover that there actually is something worse than politics as usual.

SR

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I'm just hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Like always.

 

My company was offering us foremen an 80% refund plan on our health insurance(turn in a bill every month and get 80% back from the company).

 

Now they withdrew that offer. They are planning for Trump to repeal Obamacare.

 

Now,I have never believed that forced Health Insurance is the answer (it just creates a huge middle man industry only concerned with profits),but tax time is here and the law is still on the books. In my opinion that makes the company I work for soul-less assholes.

 

So the next time I leave this company I will not go back until it changes ownership. This is supposed to happen in the next ten years or so,and I believe the new guy is a solid individual(He's been moving up the ladder for almost ten years now)..but most likely I'll just get a Class A license,crane certs,safety certs,and just go wherever I wish.

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The healthcare system in the US is ridiculously-complex and it has to be expected that it will always fail on some level. The fact that there are so many middle-men involved, from the tax man to insurance companies to your employer, etc. just means that there are LOTS of people trying to cut corners and profit from YOUR healthcare. What do you get at the end of this all? Nearly fuck all.

The NHS being gutted in the UK is another tragedy. Aneuran Bevan (architect of the NHS) developed a healthcare system that was the envy of the world, bar none. I wonder where the world would be if Sanders had been elected (a lot of work went into getting him not-elected, let's face it) and a more socialist style of welfare was moved towards? An excellent article I read a while back:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/bernie-sanders-nordic-countries/473385/

Yes, somewhat of a pipe dream but something that an educated developing America would benefit from enormously. Simply knowing that, "you're covered" without need of fucking around with taxes or negotiating deals with employers or whatever. Sure, it's not as cut and dry as that, but certainly people don't fall through the cracks of a needlessly-complex for-profit healthcare system. Basic healthcare should be a right and not a privilege, same as education and opportunity.

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The thing about it is pros the vast majority of americans Don't want to live in a "socialist utopia" that's why Bernie lost the primaries.  to be honest I like Bernie a lot more than Hillary but I don't like his politics.  Im not a huge fan of trump but I liked him a lot more that Clinton.  Like him or not ya got to admit Trump is getting things done and he is doing what he said he was going to do, 

 

as far as Obama care it has been a cluster fxxx since it was signed in to law. it has put a major burden on the lower middle class and upper lower class.  over the last 8 years my insurance has more than doubled and my coverage has gone down the toilet.  a few weeks ago I had to go the the clinic that cost me $100 out of pocket then two more visits to the eye dr those where $75 each.  in 2009 when I was out of work with no insurance that's about what it cost me to go to the DR on my own dime.  in 09 I was paying around $20 a week for insurance that was very good something like a $2500 a year cap cheap copays and a lot of prescriptions where free.  now im paying $50 a week for really what amounts to crappy coverage.  All you see in the media are number like 22 mil more people have insurance,  what you don't here is how people who are struggling to make ends meet and then they are strapped with this extra burden

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Yeah, it's a different world over there. You can't change the healthcare system overnight, and certainly not within several successive administrations. Am I right in thinking that the ACA was originally a Republican idea in the first place? Nonetheless, its been a dirty dragger to no ultimate real goal. Socialism works here but creates a very compressed social system of there being none-to-zero poor and homeless (unless you choose to be) but also no ultra-rich. I could hardly see that flying in the US where the rich would have to allow it to happen anyway.

I despise Drumpf on every single level. Perhaps he is a good thing in that the US needs to forcibly hit rock bottom just so it wakes up in a pool of its own vomit, and figures out that it needs to sort itself out as a functioning member of society again. Drumpf is not really getting things done, however he likes to tell people that he is. Simply signing off on executive order after executive order without consulting the bureaucracies they have an effect on is blunderingly stupid. Drumpf said he would be racist, misogynistic and fascist well before he was elected by the minority; that he is making good on truly awful, inhumane and sociopathic promises does not mean that he is an honest and good man of his word. It just means that we should have done more to keep this monster out of office, and lined up for immediate psychological evaluation. I wouldn't trust him to pour piss out of a boot if I wrote instructions on the heel for him.

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5 hours ago, Tim37 said:

The thing about it is pros the vast majority of americans Don't want to live in a "socialist utopia" that's why Bernie lost the primaries.  to be honest I like Bernie a lot more than Hillary but I don't like his politics.  Im not a huge fan of trump but I liked him a lot more that Clinton.  Like him or not ya got to admit Trump is getting things done and he is doing what he said he was going to do, 

 

as far as Obama care it has been a cluster fxxx since it was signed in to law. it has put a major burden on the lower middle class and upper lower class.  over the last 8 years my insurance has more than doubled and my coverage has gone down the toilet.  a few weeks ago I had to go the the clinic that cost me $100 out of pocket then two more visits to the eye dr those where $75 each.  in 2009 when I was out of work with no insurance that's about what it cost me to go to the DR on my own dime.  in 09 I was paying around $20 a week for insurance that was very good something like a $2500 a year cap cheap copays and a lot of prescriptions where free.  now im paying $50 a week for really what amounts to crappy coverage.  All you see in the media are number like 22 mil more people have insurance,  what you don't here is how people who are struggling to make ends meet and then they are strapped with this extra burden

All the data seems to point to overall premiums having increased *less* under the ACA.

So if you think your premium increases were crazy, they would have been worse without the ACA. Which makes sense - the mandate forced a lot more healthy younger people into the insurance pool so that reduces costs. But the premiums still went up because the insurance comapanies and healthcare providers do not answer to the consumer. You don't know how much a particular treatment costs before you have it and the costs are hugely inflated. When you see a hospital bill that includes $100 for a couple of aspirin, you have to wonder a) why the hospital sees fit to extort you and b ) why the insurance company doesn't have your back and demand cheaper prices.

The ACA was not the cause of your increases. The insurance companies were the cause.

The ONLY healthcare system that makes real sense is single payer.

And in the US, we pay more tax per capita to fund Medicare than people in the UK pay per capita to fund the NHS.

If that doesn't make you angry I don't know what will.

Looks like California may press ahead with single payer and hopefully that will show the rest of the country what a con job the "insurance" industry has been all this time.

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I presume that you're aware that California is a surplus state, in that it puts more into the treasury than it takes? Word has it that it could refuse to play ball with the Drumpf regime, perhaps even secede entirely.

Good summary on the issues with the ACA. That raised a very important point.

I'm happy with the high levels of taxation here. It means that what I'm paying more for now which I don't need will be there for me when I can't pay for it.

I'm also going to be a grandfather.

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9 hours ago, Prostheta said:

I'm also going to be a grandfather.

Congratulations and welcome to the club!

And for the record, the insurance industry sucks in every form.

SR

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Congrats.

 

I tell people all the time that it's not taxes that bothers me,it's a lack of return on my investment. They are welcome to 50-60% of my earnings if proper healthcare and the existence of some sort of retirement is the return.

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On 2/5/2017 at 3:59 PM, Johnny Foreigner said:

All the data seems to point to overall premiums having increased *less* under the ACA.

So if you think your premium increases were crazy, they would have been worse without the ACA. Which makes sense - the mandate forced a lot more healthy younger people into the insurance pool so that reduces costs. But the premiums still went up because the insurance comapanies and healthcare providers do not answer to the consumer. You don't know how much a particular treatment costs before you have it and the costs are hugely inflated. When you see a hospital bill that includes $100 for a couple of aspirin, you have to wonder a) why the hospital sees fit to extort you and b ) why the insurance company doesn't have your back and demand cheaper prices.

The ACA was not the cause of your increases. The insurance companies were the cause.

The ONLY healthcare system that makes real sense is single payer.

And in the US, we pay more tax per capita to fund Medicare than people in the UK pay per capita to fund the NHS.

If that doesn't make you angry I don't know what will.

Looks like California may press ahead with single payer and hopefully that will show the rest of the country what a con job the "insurance" industry has been all this time.

I would like to see your data.

 

What makes me angry is the government taking my money and wasting it that and them trying to force me to live my life the way they think I should live it.

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That's very libertarian of you, but correct. Other people do not know what is best for you.

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